A brilliant new reading of the Bayeux Tapestry that radically alters our understanding of the events of and reveals the astonishing story of the surviva. For more than years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history’s greatest dramas: the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in. The Bayeux Tapestry was embroidered in the late 11th century. As an artefact, it is priceless, incomparable – nothing of its delicacy, texture, let alone wit, survives .

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All of these layers combine in the roughly pages of this book to make a wonderful account of a well-known tapestry that tells a different story than may first appear to be the case when its subtlety and design are taken into account. This hardly points to him being the hero of it all.

When interpreting the tapestry while reading an English source, of course you are going to see an English story!

The history of human beings, especially individuals within a culture, is fascinating th me; so I see this book as a jumping off point for further learning.

In an often riveting but ultimately unconvincing revisionist account drawing on the work of other scholars as well as on contemporary accounts of events, Bridgeford, tapextry British lawyer, argues that the tapestry was more likely designed by English monks at St.

It’s probable therefore that its designer, probably the master illuminator Nistory Scolland, received input from several of the leading participants in the various events it depicts. The result is tapetsry piece of art history and criticism that offers a reminder of the wide space between realpolitik and the ideals and ethics of leadership, something as relevant for our corrupt age as in our studies of medieval history. I enjoyed the style of writing simple yet scho I generally approach historical nonfiction with a little trepidation; I have found I don’t know as much about history as Thf would like and am often a little befuddled when names of people and places are thrown around willy-nilly and I am expected to know who they are and why they’re important.

Eustace and the Attack on Dover. Was it Odo, the worldly Bishop of Bayeux, who is shown rallying troops at Hastings, the same Odo who was the half-brother of William who wanted the hanging for his cathedral?


The first half of the book was riveting.

The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry – Andrew Bridgeford – Google Books

William the Conqueror may have won the battle, but I’d like to think, as does Bridgeford, that the English had the last laugh and tells us what really happened on October 14, Feb 09, Scott rated it really liked it.

It is reasonable to associate these simple white shields with the Breton soldiers, led by one or two of his sons, who were sent by Eudon to support William in both the Breton and English campaigns. I thoroughly enj Thank you to the author for introducing me to the tapestry, its history, the history ihstory the Norman conquest and the fun detective work to untangle all the mysteries.

However, he may be too objective as there was not a real sense of an opinion for a question that will probably never be answered. For baueux than years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history’s greatest dramas: I would have offered five stars for this book, but for repetition and no conclusions; the author gives us familiar arguments, especially about Harold Godwinsson’s mysterious journey to the continent, when he is bayeud off course and lands in unfriendly territory and winds up a hostage of William, Duke of Normandy, swears the infamous oath that he will uphold William’s claim to the throne and then breaks it by being elected king of England later – but it is tantalizing, nevertheless, to read the suggestions of what the Tapestry really means and what is being depicted.

English women, more famous for their embroidery skills than the French, stitched a tapestry containing a covert anti-Norman message. The 12th century Jersey-born chronicler and Arthurian romancer Wace extolled the contribution of Eudon’s son Alan to the victory at Hastings, writing that “Alan and his men did the English great damage”. In this case, I was delighted to find that my lack of expertise did not altogether hinder my enjoyment of a pretty impressive analysis of the Bayeux tapestry.

And yet very hiddeb are named, not to mention there are so few women although one of them is named although nobody knows which one she is. Bridgeford’s research reveals some tantalizing clues about these questions and more. Nov 06, BarbaraNathalie rated it really liked it.


The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

He comes up with some very interesting theories and clearly has done his research, but sometimes with 11th century history, you just can’t prove things. These things were not pictoral, which is Bridgeford’s greatest interest and, I repeat, largely subjective i.

Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the Conqueror and the victorious Normans. Sep 06, Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing Shelves: Arguing that the Bayeux Tapestry was not created by the Norman victors, but by the English conquered.

Embroidered in threads of blue, green, scarlet, yellow, the artist who designed the hanging for that’s what the tapestry really is – a long and strip of embroidered linen ,according to Bridgeford, posits the idea that the work was made not to glorify William the Conqueror, and offers the English side of the event in certain of the illustrations. Feb 12, Zoe Porphyrogenita rated it really liked it.

In fact, as author Bridgeford points out, had William lost, the English language as we all now know it wouldn’t have been “English” at all, but closer to a Germanic form.

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

What I was most interested in are the describtion on the tapestry. The second half of the book looks at possible origins I’ve been fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry since I was a kid. I am withholding a thw as Hidven think some readers will be put off by some of the repetitious parts near the beginning and perhaps some readers, like me, may not be entirely convinced about the Turold’s story.

As the book started out I was very eager to read it, drinking in all the history and mystery of it all. I’d have liked to know more about William after Hastings and Bishop Odo. As you might expect for a book that poses new theories about a year-old event about which there are limited surviving contemporary documents, much of thf book is based on guesswork and conjecture, some theories better supported than others.